The Queen is advertising for a horologist – a timepiece expert – to look after over 1,000 clocks across several royal residences.

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An advert was posted on the Royal Household website yesterday (05.09.12) for the post. Duties include winding clocks every week, repairing them at once if they break and changing them by an hour twice a year.

Applicants must also know how to fix barometers, thermometers and sundials and be able to work up towers.

The job is described as giving “access to an unparalleled collection of clocks” and pays £30,000 a year for a 37-and-a-half hour week.

The post is the latest royal role looking to be filled.

Last month, an advertisement was placed to find a chauffeur based at Buckingham Palace to work in the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, which is responsible for arranging events and coordinating the activities of Royal Household staff who are required to attend these events.

In July, a candidate was sought for a £14,000-a-year post as housekeeping assistant at Windsor Castle.